Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
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Fernand Léger (1881-1955)

Composition de mer

Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
Composition de mer
signed with the initials and dated 'F.L. 30' (lower right)
pencil on headed notepaper from Villa America, Cap d'Antibes
10½ x 8¼ in. (26.7 x 21 cm)
Drawn in 1930 in Cap d'Antibes
Dudley Murphy.
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.
Rachel Adler Gallery, New York.
Harvey S. Lubitz, New York.
David Ellis-Jones, London.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's New York, 7 October 1987, lot 182.
Acquired by the present owner in the early 1990s.
Paris, Galerie Berggruen & Cie, Fernand Léger, gouaches, aquarelles et dessins, October - November 1996, no. 24 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

Léger drew these studies of a conch shell on a sheet of stationery paper from the Villa America, the vacation home in Cap d'Antibes of the American expatriate Gerald Murphy and his wife Sara. The American film-maker Dudley Murphy (who was no relation to Gerald) was the first owner of this drawing; he collaborated with Léger in 1924 on the motion-picture accompaniment to the American composer George Antheil's Le ballet mécanique.

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